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A robot's accuracy, a surgeon's expertise

Hunt Regional Medical Center offers robotic-arm assisted total knee and partial knee replacements with Stryker’s Mako System. This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed.

The surgeon guides the robotic-arm and selectively targets only the damaged part of the knee. This helps spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the knee joint.

Studies have shown robotic-arm assisted partial knee replacement to be two to three times more accurate than manual partial knee replacement procedures. The innovative technique also leads to a reduced need for post-operative pain medication and physical therapy. Experience a speedier recovery process, without the need for lengthy or risky pain management.

Stryker-trained surgeons

Our surgeons guide the robots to bring you the precision accuracy of robotic-arm technology, combined with the expertise of a surgeon. Our list of robotic-arm trained surgeons will continue to grow as more orthopedic specialists complete the rigorous Stryker training.

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Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology

We understand that making sure you know what to expect from your joint replacement experience is important to you. As you are reading through this material, if you have additional questions please reach out to your healthcare provider. If you don't have a provider, click here to find one.

Mako robotic armEach patient is unique, and can experience joint pain for different reasons. It’s important to talk to us about the reason for your joint pain so you can understand the treatment options available to you. Pain from arthritis and joint degeneration can be constant or come and go, occur with movement or after a period of rest, or be located in one spot or many parts of the body. It is common for patients to try medication and other conservative treatments to treat their knee pain. If you haven’t experienced adequate improvement with those treatment options, you may be a candidate for Mako Total Knee or Partial Knee replacement, which may provide you with relief from your joint pain.

How Mako Technology works

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. First, a CT scan of the diseased knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement procedure.

In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created. In a laboratory study, Mako Total Knee Technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan. This study also showed that Mako Total Knee replacement demonstrated soft tissue protection to the ligaments around the knee. In patient and laboratory studies partial knee replacement, Mako Technology demonstrated accurate placement of implants to a personalized surgical plan.

Total knee vs. partial knee replacement

Based on the severity of the arthritis in the knee, total or partial knee replacement may be recommended by a surgeon. Both procedures involve the orthopaedic surgeon guiding the Mako Robotic-Arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage.

knee stages

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Partial Knee replacement is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Depending on where the arthritis affects the knee, patients may have an implant inserted in any of the following areas:
Mako partial knee implants

Step 1. Knee CT Scan

Mako partial knee CT scan

Step 2. Knee Personalized Planning

Mako partial knee planning
In comparison, Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee replacement is a treatment option for adults living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. With Mako Total Knee replacement, the entire knee joint is replaced and the surgeon inserts a Triathlon Total Knee implant. With over a decade of clinical history, Triathlon knee replacements are different than traditional knee replacements because they are designed to work with the body to promote natural-like circular motion.

Step 1. Knee CT Scan

Mako partial knee CT scan

Step 2. Knee Personalized Planning

Mako partial knee planning